About the Journal
The Kathmandu Valley Co. journals are handmade in the Himalayas of Nepal.
The rustic paper is also handmade and comes from the Nepali Lokta bush. The fibrous inner bark of the Lokta bush is cooked into a mash and then hand applied to boxed screens. The paper forms as the mash dries in the Himalayan sun and is assembled into our journals in Kathmandu.
Lokta Paper is non-tree source (the Lokta bushes regrow quickly after being cut), and the paper is resistant to humidity, mildew, and insect damage and has been a product of Nepal for over 1,000 years. It is still used today for official Nepalese government documents.
The Trekker Tiger Stripe journal is made from strips of water buffalo leather, vegetable-tanned with black walnut husks for the dark brown and mimosa bark for the caramel color.
My Take on the Journal
This was a beautiful journal that was amazing in the way that it was created. The paper that was included was so lightweight, but also was very cool as it was made from something that was not trees. I love the story behind the making of this journal. The bushes that these are made of make paper that is a bit fibrous, but that being said the paper is still easy to write on and being that the journal was lightweight I could take this with me anywhere that I wanted to. The journal was well put together and was held together solidly too. The outside has a nice leather feel and even smells of leather too. This was a wonderful journal that really has encouraged me to start journaling again!
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